Cairo meets Caravaggio in these exquisite photos from the Arab Spring

Spanish photographer Miguel Ángel Sánchez is not a combat journalist. But his recent photographs of Cairo residents are some of the most impressive images to have come out of the Arab Spring.

“We have a very important pictorial legacy in Spain,” Sánchez said in a recent interview (which we’ve linked you to below). “My work is the result of my love for the Spanish baroque imagery and the Italian and Spanish naturalism by Caravaggio and Ribera. . . . Cairo mixes these sensations very well.” Among other things, the photographs are a reminder of just how strong the Arabic influence was in the days of Caravaggio and Ribera.

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